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Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: My noble Friend Lord Rooker and I have taken over responsibility for the review of the operation of the voucher scheme. We are considering the evidence and will announce our conclusions in due course.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The Housing Management Team of the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) has received 253 complaints regarding a range of issues in relation to both housing conditions and management. The complaints are from a range of sources including asylum seekers themselves or their legal representatives as well as voluntary and public sector organisations acting on their behalf. All complaints received...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: Failed asylum seekers whose appeals have been rejected may be detained under the Immigration Act 1971 pending their removal from the United Kingdom. The decision as to whether or not detention should be authorised in such circumstances will be based on the individual merits of the case concerned. Reasonable alternatives to detention will be considered before it is authorised.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The information is given in the table. This information is also published monthly on the Department's website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/ immigration1.html. Appeals received by the Home Office(10),(11) Appeals sent to the IAA(10) 2001 January(11) 8,590 3,500 February(11) 10,405 3,630 March(11) 10,925 4,180 April(12) (13)7,700 3,470 May(12) (13)8,000...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: Figures for January 2001 show that the Home Office is reimbursing local authorities for the costs incurred in supporting 6,078 unaccompanied minors classified as asylum seekers.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) investigates all complaints about the quality of sub-standard accommodation. Where faults with the accommodation have been identified the accommodation provider has been required to rectify them. As a result of its inspection programme NASS has required providers in Liverpool to remove approximately 60 bedspaces from use due to failure to meet the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The target for the current financial year is to remove 30,000 failed asylum seekers including their dependants. We are taking a range of measures, including a substantial increase in the number of caseworkers and Immigration Officers engaged on removal work, expansion of the detention estate, increased use of charter flights, creation of additional immigration arrest teams and development of...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: It is not possible to give an official estimate of the number of failed asylum seekers remaining in the United Kingdom.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) has adopted a twin track approach towards the inspection of property. The main reason for this is to ensure a focus on housing management and support in addition to technical housing conditions. Firstly, NASS has developed a Housing Management inspection function that aims to monitor the performance of accommodation providers and act upon any...

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration Officers (French Ports) (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The withdrawal of immigration control authorities from small ports in the north of France was discussed at the United Kingdom-French summit at Cahors in February. At the summit French Ministers gave an assurance that they were not reducing immigration controls but simply rationalising the roles of the various border control agencies. Where the PAF (the French Border Police) are withdrawn from...

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration and Nationality Directorate (25 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: A man has been charged with a number of offences relating to the possession of a firearm and ammunition and an immigration offence. He appeared at Croydon magistates court on 15 June and was remanded in custody until 25 June to appear at the Central Criminal Court. I cannot make any further comment for legal reasons.

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: In the 2000 calendar year, a total of 102,174 work permit applications were approved. Between 1 January and 31 May this year, 56,118 work permit applications were approved.

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: Information is not available in the form requested. Between 1 October 1999 and 31 May 2001, the number of approvals made in respect of skills shortage work permit applications was 44,413. This figure represents 25 per cent. of the total number of work permit approvals made during the same period.

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The United Kingdom has longstanding work permit arrangements that enable employers to recruit people from overseas. The system has recently undergone a comprehensive and successful review to ensure that it responds quickly and effectively to labour market needs. This Government propose further to develop the work permit system in order to ensure that it continues to serve the overall needs of...

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: In the 2000 calendar year, 18,259 work permit applications were approved in respect of information technology professionals. Between 1 January and 31 May this year, 10,700 approvals have been granted for that category of worker. Like most developed countries, the United Kingdom continues to experience a shortage of some skills within the information technology sector. The United Kingdom...

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The United Kingdom has a long- standing Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme which enables non-European Economic Area students between the ages of 18 and 25 who are in full-time education to enter the United Kingdom to do seasonal agricultural work. The annual quota was raised in 2000 from 10,000 to 15,200. There are no present plans to issue work permits for agricultural workers. However,...

Written Answers — Home Department: Religious Discrimination (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The Government are tackling religious discrimination in a number of ways, taking account of the two research reports on religious discrimination published earlier this year and responses to them. The Government are committed to implementing the Article 13 European Community Employment Directive outlawing discrimination in employment and training on grounds that include religion by 2 December...

Written Answers — Home Department: Equal Treatment (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: The Directive was agreed unanimously at the European Social Affairs Council on 6 June 2000, and was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 19 July 2000. We are working to implement the Directive by 2003. Implementation will require a number of mainly technical amendments to the Race Relations Act 1976.

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: holding answer 25 June 2001 Information is not available for the whole of 2000. However, the most recent available data based on the period October to December 2000 show that the average time taken for asylum applicants to receive an initial decision on their asylum applications is 14 months. Average times for 1991 to 1999 (based on the period January to December) ranged between 16 and 35 months.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration Officers (26 Jun 2001)

Angela Eagle: holding answer 26 May 2001 The current pay range for Immigration Officers (IO) is: £ National 16,936-21,381 London and Gatwick 16,365-21,820 Immigration Officers also receive shift disturbance allowance at 16.5 per cent. of salary and London Weighting dependent on location. Other allowances, e.g. for languages, are payable on an individual basis. The Immigration Service...


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